Want to know how to get from Ninh Binh to CatBa? In this post, we’ll share a summary of the two ways to get there and compare each option on duration, costs and level of comfort. For each option, we go into more detail to help you decide which transport provider to book with and where to buy your tickets.
What to expect when visiting CatBa
Cat Ba is a biodiverse island along Vietnam’s northeast coast. The largest of the islands in Halong Bay, Cat Ba boasts a rugged karst landscape dotted with spectacular limestone cliffs, sandy beaches, lakes, grottoes, and waterfalls.
Popular activities include kayaking and rock climbing, but you can also just lounge by the beach and wait for the sunset at Cannon Fort. The island rose in popularity in recent years, but we love that most areas remain untouched in Cat Ba.
2 ways to get from Ninh Binh to CatBa
There are two ways to travel the distance of 125 km (78 miles) from Ninh Binh to CatBa: by bus + ferry (3h50m-4h30m) and ferry + bus (8h). The journey takes between 3h50m - 8h and the quickest way is by bus + ferry. The lowest priced tickets start from 246,000 VND ($10.00) for the bus + ferry.
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Where to book your combined bus + ferry ticket from CatBa to Ninh Binh?
Booking online via BookAway not only guarantees you a seat on your desired date and time, it also ensures that you will get a comfortable ride. Just in case it fails to deliver, you can also easily file a complaint with BookAway’s very reliable customer service.
Another option is to book with an agency or hotel in Tam Coc or Ninh Binh, although they don’t always offer the best services.
Ninh Binh to CatBa by Ferry + Bus
Starts from: 420,000 VND ($17.00)
Cost: 420,000 VND ($17.00)
Are you planning to explore Hai Phong on your way to CatBa? If yes, then you can also book separate tickets for your bus and ferry trips from Ninh Binh to CatBa.
Step 1: Ninh Binh to Hai Phong by Bus
Costs: 260,000 VND ($10.50)
Costs: 260,000 VND ($10.50)
The Long Travel operates two daily bus trips from Tam Coc town centre to Hai Phong city centre. A ticket costs 261,000 VND ($10.50) for the 3-hour journey.
Buses depart from The Long Hotel in Tam Coc and arrive at Nha Hat Lon in Hai Phong city centre, just 1 km south of Ben Binh Harbour.
IMPORTANT: When buying your ticket online, make sure to book a bus that arrives in Nha Hat Lon. Other buses go all the way to Got Pier, which is located 30 km away from Hai Phong city centre.
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